Review: Scandalous Summer Nights by Anne Barton

Scandalous Summer Nights - Anne BartonPublisher: Forever (October 28th 2014)
Paperback: 384 pages
Series: Honeycote #3
Source: Netgalley
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Rating: 3(.5) of 5 Stars


Lady Olivia Sherbourne isn’t shy about speaking her mind, except when it comes to James Averill. For ten long years he has been her brother’s best friend and her heart’s only desire. But when Olivia hears James will soon set sail for an expedition to Egypt, she knows the time has come to make her move. It’s now or never . . .

James has always found Olivia bewitchingly attractive, but what kind of gentleman takes up with his best friend’s sister? Not that he’s thinking particularly gentlemanly thoughts when she appears on his exploratory trip—three hundred miles from home!—and incites a tavern fight. No matter what the devil she’s doing there, it’s his duty to see her safely back to her family. But how safe will she be when every starlit night brings wicked temptation . . . ?


It’s finally Olivia and James’s story in the third book of the Honeycote series (which I quite adore)! Olivia has loved James for ten long years but it seems James has never gave much thought to it (or at least he knows better than to try and woo his best friends’s little sister). But that’s all about to change when Olivia decides enough is enough and makes her move.

“It was a fine plan, and the evening promised to be pleasant.

Until Olivia Sherbourne waylaid him.

Waylaid was actually too benign a word; what Olivia did could best be described as hunting him to the ground.”

So yup, that right there basically described the entire book and their relationship.

I’m usually a sucker for these kinds of stories because I just love watching the I’m-never-gonna-fall-in-love hero just get taken down a peg or two by love. Sorry buddy, you really had no chance, good effort though. Olivia and James were quite cute together, they ended up complimenting each other well – definitely the opposites attract kinda couple.

Olivia started out a bit reckless and just too head-over-heels in love with James, but I loved that as the story progressed we actually got to see her learn to love herself first and realize that she didn’t need a man to be happy. That being said, James is definitely worth loving. Why you ask? Because he never babied or belittled Olivia and always gave her the chance to prove herself. That’s my kind of hero.

And of course on the road to love, because Olivia was never one to take anything lying down, there’s a string of  mishaps and mayhem (including a tavern fight, sprain ankle, and a broken carriage axle)! Though the events didn’t always turn out the way I hoped, the ending was still very HEA. Overall, it was a fun addition to the Honeycote series and I definitely can’t wait for Rose’s story.

Something warm and tingly stirred in her belly. It almost sounded as though her logical, scientific, number-loving fiance believed in fate.

“It was special.”

{Thanks to Forever & Netgalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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0 Replies to “Review: Scandalous Summer Nights by Anne Barton”

  1. I’ve just started this one and wasn’t sure if I was loving it at the beginning. I’m glad to see that Olivia learns to love herself and all that first as the book goes on. I’ll definitely stick with this one. Thanks for sharing!

    1. The book definitely gets a lot better once we get over that hump 😉 Hope you enjoy it!

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